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Jeremiah was thrown into the cistern for speaking against Israel. It was fortunate that Ebed-Meleck, the Ethiopian, pleaded King Zedekiah that he be saved.
Jesus in today's gospel said, "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!" Jesus came not to bring peace on earth, but division.
A Christian witnesses for Christ; he doesn't compromise with the world. St. Peter said, "It is better for us to follow God rather than men." (Acts 5, 29) It's high time that we reflect if our lives are series of compromises with the world or we are still faithful to God?
We have compromised with the world if our values are worldly - giving in to wealth, power, or pride rather than poverty, humility, and persecution for the sake of the Kingdom of heaven.
We have compromised if our children have opted to live in the same way as we have lived.
Thirdly, we have compromised our lives when we have not worked for the salvation of others. Despite our accomplishments, we have accomplished nothing.
Be more sensitive with God's presence and His promptings. Our lives will find its true meaning only in serving Him.